Short Guide No 28: How Choirs Contribute to the Singing and Interpretation of Hymns

How Choirs Contribute to the Singing and Interpretation of Hymns Sing, choirs of angels’; ‘Sing, sing, ye heavenly choir’; ‘How shall I keep from singing?’ Choirs, harmonious and heavenly Hymns are eminently flexible and can be sung by individuals or by larger groups of people making up a congregation. What, then, is the role of a choir in the singing …

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18 Praise the Lord with sound-waves – Sharp

Elizabeth Cosnett (1936 – ) Elizabeth Cosnett: Praise the Lord with sound-waves © Copyright 1989 Stainer & Bell Ltd, 23 Gruneisen Road, London N3 1DZ, www.stainer.co.uk. Used by permission. Ian Sharp Music, Praise and Silence Amid all the disconcerting news about the coronavirus it came as a shock to hear that communal singing would be banned. No hymns, no hymn …

Short Guide No 13: Using Hymns in All-Age Worship

Some services are designated as ‘all-age’. What does this imply? Ideally, all worship should be suitable for everyone in a worshipping community. ‘Our Father’ should mean what it says, without alienating people because of their age or cultural background. So, the term ‘all-age’ usually means a service for both adults and children, with a special emphasis on families. The potential …

Short Guide No 9: Our Musical Resources are Limited; What Can We Sing?

Successful congregational singing entails careful, imaginative organisation. We need not emulate the local choral society but our singing must be the best we can offer; nothing less will be good enough. Plan ahead Distinguish between general and seasonal material; the familiar and the unfamiliar; and music for intimate gatherings and for more formal liturgical celebrations. Consider who might feel challenged …

Short Guide No 5: How Can We Encourage the Use of Hymns in Worship?

Some ideas to be shared with worship leaders Have a suitable range of hymns available to illustrate the session. A group of well prepared musicians is a great asset! You must involve the audience throughout and be sensitive to people’s interests and concerns. Encourage participation and aim to stimulate discussion which leads to positive outcomes. These notes represent one way …